Preppy Time – Fall Stripes and Layering


Sweater: Old Navy 3/4 sleeve crewneck sz XS (buy here; use FABFAVES til 10/18 for 30% off)
Shirt: Gap Shirred Blouse sz XSP   Blazer: H&M; (old) Skirt: YesStyle Boots: eBay

I haven’t set foot inside Old Navy in ages, but a reader Aviva kindly shared a tip about these shrunken-fit sweaters last month. In-stores, they’re only about $8 each. To add color to my casual wardrobe, I picked up this preppy green & black stripe (wish it were green & navy) and the fun multi stripe, to be shown soon. I got the multi stripe in a sz small, which is not that big on me. See this sweater on Kelly.


Watch: Michael Kors Tortoise Jet Set   Necklace: 3-row “pearls” from Nordstrom Rack (similar)


Obligatory leaf tossing pic.

This weekend, my beloved boyfriend/photographer and I celebrated 7 years together. We shared a delish dinner, I squealed at a striking gift, but my favorite part – every time – is the thoughtful handmade card : )
anniversaryI’m traveling internationally for both work and blogging right now, so I apologize for being behind on your questions and emails. Can’t wait to settle back into Boston and catch up on my favorite blogs. I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

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  1. bevy wrote:

    I saw the same sweater and I too wish it were green and navy. hmmm, I may have to revisit Old Navy to see about the other striped sweater options.

    PS Congrats on yall's anniversary.

    Posted 10.17.11 Reply
  2. You look perfectly all things fall. Boston is my home too, I am a Boston-based clothing designer, would love for you to check out the blog and stop in to one of our shops sometime!!
    Sara Campbell Blog

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  3. Amy wrote:

    I especially love the pictures in this post! They look like they're straight out of a magazine. =)

    Also, congrats on the 7 years!

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  4. Jackie wrote:

    Jean! Congrats to you and Nick on 7 years together!

    Are you going to take blog pics abroad? I'd love to see them. Hope you have a wonderful time!

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  5. I can see it already–someone will pin you and caption will read, "asian girl, preppy style." HAHAH.

    I hope you're having an awesome time traveling, & hopefully eating good food while abroad.

    Cheers to you and Nick! 7 years & counting…

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  6. Congrats on your 7th year! Wishing more years to come! OMG Goyard! Can't wait to see "her" included in your outfit post.I love everything most especially about your purse post..find it very informative and useful for now and years to come.Keep it up!:)

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  7. Congrats on 7 years. I love your blog! Keep doing wonderful things

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  8. kileen wrote:

    i love the striped sweater and camel mini. and those boots also look like they fit you perfectly!

    congrats to you and Nick on 7 years. enjoy your traveling!

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  9. Ok I just purchased cognac boots at Nordstrom's this weekend – the BP Runway. I love them! We must think alike(:

    ALSO my BF & I celebrated 6 years this weekend, our anni is 10/16!!

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  10. I LOVE preppy time! More preppy ensembles please – they're my favorite 🙂

    Congratulations on your anniversary and safe travels to you!

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  11. Carla Krae wrote:

    Awwww, isn't he a sweetie. Going on 13 years this Dec. with mine.

    The shot of you tossing the leaves is just lovely.

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  12. hawa wrote:

    I have a brown and Purple prep school sweater and you just inspired a different look for me to wear it!!!
    I saw the twitpic of the card and went awwwwwwwww!congratulations to the both of you

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  13. Good looking outfit 🙂

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  14. Meanne wrote:

    Cute outfit! Congrats on the anniversary. And I have the same Goyard bag 🙂 It's splendid!

    Did you remove the gold buttons from your Yesstyle skirt?

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  15. grace wrote:

    Happy Anniversary Jean! : ) I adore that picture of you playing the leaves! Congrats to Nick and you! Such a beautiful card! Can't wait to see more of that Goyard!

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  16. newpetite wrote:

    Love this outfit and the shot where you are tossing the leaves 🙂 Love how the Sweater add the vibrant color to your outfit! One of my fav from you! Happy Anniversary!!

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  17. love the way you layered your pieces! such a pretty look for fall!

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  18. Megan wrote:

    Congrats, to you and Nick. 🙂 🙂
    Also, you pull off that outfit so well… there's so many different colors going on, but they all work together perfectly!! I wish I had the ability to put together outfits like that!

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  19. Justine wrote:

    Aw! Happy Anniversary 🙂

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  20. Ping wrote:

    awww congrats to you and nick! it's so sweet of him to get you that goyard bag and hand made card!

    you look great and i love the layering, different colors and textures you have going on here. i hope you have a good time in Barcelona! wished aubs & i could have tag along…think we can squeeze in your suitcase?!?

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  21. Michelle wrote:

    Gorgeous shots! Love the location!

    Happy anniversary to you and Nick! 🙂

    I am so excited to see your Barcelona pics!!

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  22. Ooooh – is that a goyard bag? So lovely – can't wait to see it in future outfit pics. Happy Anniversary and safe travels 🙂

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  23. Congratulations on 7 years~ =) The card-making is really sweet of him!!!

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  24. Jenn wrote:

    I tried this look today and failed at it! I have a similar top but it might be heavier in terms of thickness. It made me look bulkier but I envisioned it to turn out like your outfit, so I switched my outfit. Those boots are beautiful!

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  25. I just discovered your blog, and I love it already! I'm also petite (5'1") and definitely have a hard time finding clothes that fit well. You're making it look easy, though 🙂 Your outfit is perfect for a crisp fall day on campus.

    And congrats on 7 years! My boyfriend and I are on 2 years, so 7 sounds like such a long time.

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  26. Congrats on 7 years & snagging a guy with such great taste in gifts! Hubba hubba! 🙂

    I really like this preppy look on you & am also loving the little Old Navy sweater! Went to look for another one as a backup (I like it THAT much) but my local store was completely out of the white with black stripe. Yowza!

    Have a safe jet-setting week & can't wait to hear all about your adventures abroad when you get back!

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  27. DSK Steph wrote:

    Happy anniversary!!

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  28. R.L. wrote:

    You look like you stepped right out of a JCrew catalog! Love the preppy look and I'm curious to see how you'll style the multi stripe 🙂 Congrats to you and Nick! 7 years while still in your 20s is a milestone for sure. Also, you'll have to share your thoughts on if Longchamp is at all comparable to Goyard.

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  29. Happy Anniversary! Whata sweet BF 😉

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  30. Glad to hear that your blog brought you travel ops. The striped shirt looks great.

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  31. vonnie wrote:

    Happy Anniversary! 7 years is such a long time 🙂 happy for you and you're looking lovely as always in this post.

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  32. Phuong wrote:

    Happy anniversary to you and Nick!! Thanks for the post and enjoy Barcelona!!!

    Posted 10.16.11 Reply
  33. Anna wrote:

    Hey Jean, this is one of my favorite looks that you've sported on this blog – and I went through archives all the way to the first post 😀 The preppy vibe is very inspiring! Thanks for a great blog and congrats to you and Nick! He has done wonderfully with the photographs

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  34. Mélina K. wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    I really enjoy every post on this blog. I have been following you since the beginning of this year but never commented before. I think I stumbled on one of your Youtube video while I was looking for a style that was more work appropriate before discovering your blog.

    Thank you for all the tips 🙂 Have a safe trip!

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  35. Mary Ann wrote:

    I love the leaf pic – thanks for sharing! And Happy Anniversary! 😉

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  36. Callandra wrote:

    Jean you look so cute playing in the leaves!…And I can't wait to copy this outfit by the way 😉 Happy Anniversary to you and Nick!!

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  37. You look gorgeous, Jean! I was gonna comment on how I loved that H&M; skirt, but I scrolled up again to see that it's from Yesstyle. I think you (or someone else) reviewed a very similar looking one from H&M; last month. : ) Happy seven to you & Nick! And safe travels!

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  38. J wrote:

    Ahhhh!! Congrats on the Goyard St. Louis!!!! What a great BF indeed! Def. a keeper. 🙂 Love the boots – I can't believe you scored them on eBay – can we get a side view of them? & Have fun in Barcelona! Can't wait to see pics and posts!

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  39. congrats on 7!! hope you've been having a great time with traveling 🙂 its such a beautiful time of the year

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  40. I love this outfit, Jean! You look so playful in these photos =) Happy Anniversary to you both. I think I started following you when you and Nick celebrated your 5-year anniversary. I still remember those couple photos that you posted. Can't believe I've stalking your blog for almost 2 years =) Have a safe trip and I can't wait to hear more about Barcelona.

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  41. mai wrote:

    This outfit is awesome. . .I the love preppy! The striped sweater work so well with the rest of the pieces.

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  42. Janice wrote:

    Aah Goyard!!! I'm a recent fan of this brand also! Congrats on reaching 7 years – definitely not an easy achievement =)

    Also, so funny but I totally know Krizia above, she just got engaged to one of my friends / ex-coworkers haha! The petite world is so small (pun not intended lol)

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  43. Katherine wrote:

    Happy anniversary! I can't wait to see more of that Goyard bag 🙂

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  44. such a cute outfit! it has all my favorite things in one look! oh! and happy anniversary to you both!

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  45. I love your layers! I also need to work on that! 🙂

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  46. Anonymous wrote:

    Great outfit! LOVE the boots!

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  47. @Krizia Krizia, thank you for taking the time to say hello and for your incredibly warm note. I'm so happy to hear that you've found my posts helpful, and I certainly can't take credit for many of the things I just re-share on here : ) As for the boots – I bought them pre-owned and there is no label on the inside. I took a flashlight and looked around to no avail. I bought these years ago, but I searched for leather cuffed and/or mid-calf boots on eBay, and specifically looked for older ones for their quality. Good luck!

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  48. maggie wrote:

    Congrats on the seven years! Your BF is definitely very thoughtful 🙂
    Old Navy never seems to have the best color combos, that is for sure. But they do have some nice pieces.

    xx maggie

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  49. Krizia wrote:

    Hi Jean!

    I've been a long time reader of your blog (almost since you started!), but I don't think I've ever left a comment — mostly b/c I read from Google Reader and so miss the opportunity to visit your site. I have to say THANK YOU for sharing such high quality information and reviews on your blog. I've really used so many of your tips (e.g. best skirt length, how to loop the end of a thin waist belt, how to accessorize, make wise purchases, etc.) and always look forward to new posts! Secondly, I'm also compelled to (finally) comment b/c this is probably one of my favorite outfits I've seen on you (probably b/c my style is quite preppy :). I love how you mix and match so many different pieces at such varying price points. You always do it in such an effortlessly chic fashion! Finally, congratulations to you and the boyfriend. You're both so blessed to have each other! We really enjoy his photographer talents on!

    Cheers from your fellow petite from NYC,
    5'3" 110lbs size 6.5 shoe

    P.S. I just LOVE those boots on you! I've been looking for a similar pair. Would you mind sharing the brand/designer? Thanks so so so much 🙂

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  50. Congrats on 7 years 🙂 Love your layering here, that's something I need to work on becoming better at!

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